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Study Romeo and Juliet in the play that takes their names. Do you think that their deaths were inevitable because of the sorts of personalities they had? Which lover do you think is the most vividly depicted?

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Study Romeo and Juliet in the play that takes their names. Do you think that their deaths were inevitable because of the sorts of personalities they had? Which lover do you think is the most vividly depicted? This story written by William Shakespeare of love, life and death is one of the most well known and most romantic stories ever written. There have been many adaptations of the play in the forms of books, films, ballets and plays. These are always so popular because people want to find true love. The words Romeo and Juliet conjure up images associated with true love: but the play explores many views of 'love'. Each character in the play has a different personality and view on life, therefore they perceive 'love' in their own distinct way, adding a clear contrast to Romeo and Juliet's first love, which is true and pure. If you ask anyone what Romeo and Juliet is 'about' his or her answer will almost certainly contain the word 'love'. It depicts the lives of two, fourteen-year-old lovers ' Romeo and Juliet'. They both come from two wealthy families in Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets. These two families have been feuding for years and when Romeo and Juliet fall in love they know they must keep it a secret. In act 1 we see that Romeo is a young man has a melancholy and depressive personality, he seems hopeless and in despair but he has not always been like this. When Romeo falls in love with Juliet Mercutio says it's like the Romeo they used to know: 'Why, is not this better now than groaning for love? Now art thou sociable, now art thou Romeo. Now art thou what thou art, by art as well as by nature, for this drivelling love is like a great natural that runs lolling up and down to hide his bauble hole.' ...read more.

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Tybalt yet again appears and Romeo reacted badly to Mercutio's death and wanted to show Tybalt he wasn't a coward so he grabbed the sword and attacks him frenziedly in a rage, which kills him. In act 3 scene 3 in the friar's cell Romeo is hiding, he asks the friar what his punishment from the prince is: 'What less than doomsday is the princes doom.' The friar replies: 'A gentler judgement vanished from his lips; not bodies death, but bodies banishment.' Romeo breaks down and cries that he will no longer be able to be with Juliet and it might as well be a death sentence: 'There is no world without Verona walls, but purgatory, torture, hell itself. Hence banished from the world, and worlds exile is death. Then 'banished' is death mis-termed. Calling death 'banished', thou cut'st my head off with a golden axe, and smilest upon the stroke that murders me.' He becomes increasingly wild and repeats that he might as well be dead. This is childish behaviour and Romeo is not acting his age. He should think about his action before doing something and this would of all been prevented. He is far too impulsive and immature. I think that Romeo is foolish to take the friars advice because although the friar is the person he trusts the most, I think that the friar is covering his own back so that he doesn't get found out about the secret marriage. I think that Romeo should have gone to the prince and sorted things out instead of making them worse by running away from his problems and not standing up to them like a grown up would. In act 2 scene 3 we see how Juliet copes with the news of Tybalt's death and Romeo's banishment. When the nurse tells Juliet of the news: 'Ah weraday he's dead, he's dead, he's dead, we are undone lady, we are undone. ...read more.

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I think that Romeo and Juliet were destined to die. The plot of the play, fate works in the means of coincidences. It is a coincidence that Capulet should send out the invitations to the feast using a messenger who cannot read, at just the moment when he will meet Romeo and so ask him to read the list for him. It is also a coincidence that at a crowded party, where there are many attractive young women, Romeo catches sight of Juliet, at this same moment Tybalt catches sight of Romeo which is fate love and death captured in one split second which could be an omen of their deaths. Many other coincidences happen: Capulet brings forward the wedding, Balthasar is able to travel fast to reach Romeo and give him the news of Juliet's death yet friar John is prevented from leaving Verona because of an outbreak of plague in the poorer part of the town. Juliet also wakes after Romeo has taken the potion and Romeo's impulsive nature seems violent and unstoppable as he acts rather than thinks. Romeo also has dreams of their deaths, which are omens that show they are going to die. Tension builds up throughout the story and the more coincidences that start to appear the more we know that they were never meant to be together. By the end of the story we are dreading the ending, we know that Juliet is going to wake but as the audience we are feeling tense and horror because we cant stop Romeo killing himself. The tragedy that happens is inevitable they are seconds away from happiness but their deaths happen and if Romeo had waited maybe a few more seconds then they would have been together but we new the story wasn't going to be a happy ending. Their deaths were meant to happen and their deaths were destined from the first moment they met, this was a tragedy, which couldn't have been prevented. This was the story of the 'star crossed lovers'. ...read more.

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